I just finished posting a blog about Court Dockets in North Carolina when it occurred to me that I may have left out something important. The thrust of what I posted was all about criminal cases and I totally left out any mention of civil matters entirely. (BTW and just for the record, civil matters are those cases where it is not alleged that any criminal law was broken and there will not be any “sentence” handed down by a judge that says you have to go to jail. A case where you claim someone ran over your toe in a parking lot and now has to pay your medical bills is an example of a civil case. So is a case where you asked someone to do some work for you and then you think they didn’t do a good job. There are others of course. I’ll write another blog about civil stuff some other time.)
Back to the main point: In fact if you’re looking for a North Carolina civil case in court, and want to find out when it’s set for trial etc, you can also use the NCAOC site to find the North Carolina Court Calendar that it’s on. Here’s the link: http://www1.aoc.state.nc.us/www/calendars.html
Just pop that URL right in your browser (or click it) and you’ll be taken right there. Then, over on the left you’ll see where you can select more particularly what you’re looking for. Here you can see civil calendars in district and superior court, the names of the parties, the names of the lawyers, the case number, how old the case is in days since it was filed and a brief description of what it’s all about.
The same thing works for criminal cases of course. If you want to see, for example, what’s going on in criminal court, you can click here to see the AOC’s selection of criminal North Carolina Court Calendars. Same deal: with a point and a click you can see the name of the accused (defendant), a case number, an officer name, and a short description of what it’s all about. As I had said previously, much of the very same information can be found on BernieSez.com for up to six months after the date of arrest/citation.